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p. 647. Time, Death, and Consciencelocked

p. 647. Time, Death, and Consciencelocked

  • Michael Inwood


‘Time, Death and Conscience’ is concerned with how the temporality of human life affects the way we live. Time is more crucial to our lives than space, and is itself created by Dasein and its temporal nature. Death stands as the ultimate possibility to give impetus to human life. Heidegger believed that it was possible for Dasein to know non-empirically that it will die, and that dying individualizes Dasein. Conscience, with a capital ‘C’, calls everyone to choose to choose. An authentic choice for a future mode of life, although still circumscribed by time, gives Dasein a resoluteness that enables it to give an account of its condition.

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